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Taylor v Serrano looking likely for May 2 Manchester Arena date on undercard of White/Povetkin bout

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Katie Taylor is set for a showdown against Amanda Serrano

Katie Taylor is set for a showdown against Amanda Serrano

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Katie Taylor is set for a showdown against Amanda Serrano

There is renewed speculation that the much-anticipated showdown between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano will finally go ahead in the Manchester Arena on May 2.

According to Dan Rafael, the boxing correspondent of ESPN, the fight was finalised on Wednesday and it is expected to be announced shortly.

Promoters Matchroom has already announced a pay per view show on Sky Box Office in the Manchester Arena on May 2 with a heavyweight showdown between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin topping the bill.

Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn had originally indicated that the clash between Taylor, who is the undisputed World lightweight champion and Serrano, a seven-weight world champion, would top the bill either in the United States or in the UK but it now looks likely to be on the undercard of the Whyte/Povetkin fight.

But if the fight is confirmed it will be good news for Irish boxing fans as it is easier to travel to Manchester compared to New York. But like all future sports events the May 2 show could yet be affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Fresh doubt over the fight emerged in recent weeks when Serrano’s trainer and brother-in-law Jordan Maldonado said his fighter was seeking a better contract in view of the fact that the fight was taking place in the UK. Indeed, there is a school of thought in boxing that Serrano will never get into the ring with the undefeated Taylor.

Taylor is very familiar with the Manchester Arena as she has fought there on three previous occasions. Her second and third professional fights were in the Arena as was her last fight in November 2019 when she defeated Christina Linardatou to win the WBO super-lightweight title – her fifth world belt.

The Bray fighter was subsequently obliged to give up her new belt as under WBO rules fighters are not allowed hold world belts in different weights at the same time. Ironically, Linardatou has since regained the WBO super-lightweight belt.

The Taylor-Serrano showdown is one of the most anticipated clashes in the history of women’s pro boxing. Born in Puerto Rica but based in Brooklyn, New York Serrano has won all but two of her 40 fight and 28 of those victories were achieved via knock-out.

She is a renowned puncher whereas Taylor, who is unbeaten in her 15 fights, is a better boxer so a fascinating duel is anticipated. Serrano’s apparent willingness to travel to the UK for the fight suggests that she is confident of knocking out the unbeaten Taylor. Of course, it cannot be entirely overlooked either than Serrano will probably earn more on May 2 than she has during her 12-year career to date.

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